List of Workshops

Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water

Stress is a stranger to no one. Once thought to be a symptom of illness, stress is now best defined as a disconnection from our divine source. Times of stress may bring feelings of panic and mayhem, but stress also provides the opportunity for spiritual growth—when we call upon our inner resources (faith, patience, humbleness, intuition, courage, humor and compassion) to dismantle life’s major roadblocks so that we may walk in balance on the human path. There is an ancient Chinese proverb that speaks to the nature of human existence, and underscores the importance of finding balance in our lives. It reads, “Stand like mountain, move like water.” To stand like a mountain means to feel strong and secure in the midst of change. To move like water means to go with the flow. In times such as these where change is ever present in the global culture, balance is necessary to stay grounded, centered, and connected. Times of change bring with it stress. It’s no secret that we are living in a time of great stress, yet we are also living in a time of a spiritual awakening of the human soul. Are the winds of change and the winds of grace one in the same? Perhaps! Based on Seaward’s popular bestseller, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, this presentation weaves theory and story, personal experience and humor, wit and love in a poetic synthesis that both educates and inspires audiences of all ages.

This workshop format includes about 40% theory, 40% experiential and 20% discussion

Letting Go of Stress

Not just a basic workshop in stress management, this approach is what is currently referred to as a holistic approach to the current stress paradigm. An appropriate theme of this workshop could be called “moving from a motivation of fear to a motivation of love.”” We start by talking about the nature of stress: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Then comes a comparison of the mechanistic approach (modern medicine) and the holistic approach (treating causes and symptoms). What follows is an exposure to a host of coping strategies in which to deal with the causes of stress, followed by a simple yet inviting exposure to various relaxation techniques that can be easily adopted into one’s lifestyle. From positive affirmations, journal writing, art therapy, social engineering, and dream therapy to diaphragmatic breathing, mental imagery, autogenic training, and meditation, this workshop provides a positive exposure to a wide variety of possible strategies to deal effectively with stress; because no one technique works for everyone all the time. As Hans Selye stated: “I should not be cured of my stress, but merely taught to enjoy it.” This workshop is considered by many to be complete enjoyment, and you will learn to become your own “best friend” in the process. “To make the passage from stress to relaxation, to make the passage from fear to love is not just an experience, it is a daily process.”

Spirits on a Human Path

We are living in a time and age where the recognition of human spirituality is now deemed an essential aspect of humanity. Not long ago the word spirituality was rarely heard in public. Rather, this topic was confined to the walls of churches, synagogues and temples. Today, the essence of spirituality is finding itself acknowledged in all factions of society and culture. Perhaps the reason for the popularity of this topic, is the craving, hunger, and desire to become whole; a human need not satisfied through material possessions or the realization of the puritan ethic where worth equals work. If we were to first place importance on the health of our human spirit, all other aspects of our lives would fall into place. This presentation outlines several ways to increase the awareness of all things spiritual including: the practice of self-renewal, the practice of sacred rituals, learning the art of forgiveness, embracing your shadow, surrendering the ego, putting compassion in action, and living your joy. Among the exercises included in this seminar/workshop are: Identifying roadblocks and distractions on the human path, engaging the centering and emptying processes, and identifying your inner resources.

This workshop format is approximately 40% theory, 40% experiential, and 20% discussion.

Mind-Body-Spirit Healing

The body has a remarkable innate healing capacity. When pushed off-balance, the body strives to regain homeostasis. By and large, it is very successful at this—until we are conditioned to think otherwise. A shift is occurring in the health care setting; moving from a “mechanistic approach” where the body is viewed like a large grandfather clock with fixable or replaceable parts, to a “holistic approach,” where all parts—mind, body, spirit, and emotions—are tightly integrated to comprise a whole being. Concepts such as hypnosis, placebos, multiple personality disorders, and spontaneous remissions are now being completely revisited under this new paradigm. The premise of mind-body-spirit healing suggests that the mind and human spirit have an integral role in the healing process of wholeness—when they are allowed to participate. Mind-body-spirit healing incorporates the practice of various ways to access the power of the healing mind through art therapy, mental imagery, visualization, music therapy, humor therapy, positive affirmations, creative anger management, self-regulation, and other modalities that harness our remarkable innate healing capacity. Based on the premise that over 80% of disease and illness is stress related this approach to mind-body-spirit healing works to intercept the stress response through various stress-related perceptions. This workshop will highlight the following: 1) a brief history of Western medicine, 2) explorations of the mind and spirit in healing, 3) some remarkable healing stories, and 4) participation of several practical mind-body-spirit healing techniques for personal and professional use.

This workshop format includes about 40% theory, 40% experiential and 20% discussion.

Care for the Care Giver

The nursing profession is one of the most recognized groups of professionals noted for their devoted public service. The service of caring, however, is not without its drawbacks. The buildup to professional responsibilities takes its toll leading to professional burnout. Burnout is a common problem and nurses are no strangers to the stress of burnout. This presentation highlights the nature of stress, the quadrants of holistic wellness, signs of mismanaged anger, the relationship between stress and physical health, and several ageless coping skills and relaxation techniques proven to help restore one’s personal energy levels, including: Humor therapy, Art Therapy, Energy Vitamins, Diaphragmatic Breathing, Guided Visualization, and many other effective techniques for personal growth and professional development. This presentation can be formatted for a 1-2 hour talk or a full day seminar presentation.

This workshop format includes about 40% theory, 40% experiential and 20% discussion.